A few dozen fighters from the Benghazi Revolutionaries Shura Council (BRSC) retreated this morning from Akhraibish, their last bastion in Libya’s eastern city of Benghazi.
They have withdrawn westwards under heavy fire reaching the village of al-Fawateer (50 km southwest of Benghazi) where they have been surrounded by LNA forces.
It was understood that fighting is still ongoing in the village which has so far claimed the lives of 5 LNA soldiers and wounded 7 others. LNA supporters shared photos on social media purporting to show bodies of 15 jihadis killed in the clashes including that of Ayman al-Ramly who was identified as the leader of the retreating BRSC fighters. LNA sources said 4 jihadists were captured near Jarroutha and 2 others near al-Nawaghiyah.
General Wanees Abu Khamadah, chief of LNA’s Special Forces, has officially declared Benghazi free from extremist groups and announced the conclusion of combat operations in the city.